cervical cancer

The HPV Vaccine Is Successful: Teen Rates Have Dropped 60% In Last Decade

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Contracting HPV From Oral Sex Can Make You Seven Times Likelier To Develop Head And Neck Cancer

A massive medical study – of 96,000 participants over 4 years – has shown that if you contract HPV via oral sex, you’re at least seven times more likely to also develop cancers of the head and neck (cancers of the pharynx, larynx, sinuses, oral cavity, and salivary glands).

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Most Americans Don’t Know What The HPV Vaccine Does

… other than turn the adolescent girls who get it into raging sluts, that is. [Think Progress]
Breaking news: wealthy women are able to financially support their husbands as stay-at-home dads. Call me when this “trend” affects someone other than people who work on Wall Street. [New York Times]
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Finally Some Good News: HPV Vaccine Has Been Incredibly Effective

Since the introduction of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Gardasil in 2006, infections in women and girls have been by more than half. This statistic exceeds the expectations of researchers and although this progress is encouraging, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Director Thomas Frieden stated, “the report should be a wake-up call to our… More »


Today’s Lady News: Young Women Aren’t Completing HPV Vaccinations

The amount of young women completing the three vaccinations required for the HPV vaccine is not only low, but also dropping. The journal Cancer has published a report saying young women are not completing the full series of Gardasil, which is the only way to be fully protected from the strains of HPV which… More »


Kindly Inform Your Ladybusiness That Pap Smear Guidelines Have Changed

Important news about your vagina: the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says that instead of annual Pap smears, you can now get screened for cervical cancer every three years. ACOG has actually been saying for awhile that women don’t need annual Pap smears, but this recommendation was finally put in writing yesterday by the… More »


Dear Wendy Updates: “You’re A Know-It-All”

Yesterday, I posted an open call for emails from people I’ve given (published) advice to here in the past to let me know whether they followed my advice and/or the advice from commenters, and how they’re doing today. I expected I might hear from people who didn’t like what I had to say, as well… More »


Kathy Griffin’s Poolside Pap Smear

If you’re twiddling your thumbs in L.A. today, have we got the plans for you! Kathy Griffin is getting a poolside Pap smear at the Palomar Hotel for her show, “My Life on the D-List.” Yes, a Pap smear. The comedienne says she hopes to raise awareness about cervical cancer. But let’s get real: if… More »


Did This Cervical Cancer Commercial Get Your Attention During The Oscars?

The Academy Awards are Hollywood’s Super Bowl, and just like during the big game, some noteworthy commercials aired during last night’s show. This one starts off like any ole perfume commercial, until you realize it’s not advertising some scent; the goal of the commercial is to raise awareness about cervical cancer. Did it… More »


Today’s Lady News: $2 Cervical Cancer Test Could Cut Deaths By 100K

British scientists say a $2 cervical cancer test could help prevent up to 100,000 deaths a year by women in developing countries. Cervical cancer is the #1 cause of death of women in the developing world and 85 percent of cervical cancer deaths worldwide occur there. [Reuters]
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Send Your Bestie An HPV E-Card. No, Really.

Did you know that January is Cervical Health Awareness Month? Yeah, me neither. Luckily the folks at Some E-Cards are all up on it. Since HPV is the leading cause of cervical cancer, they’ve created a line of actually funny HPV-themed cards. Check them out here. … More »


Frisky Rant: Recommending Fewer Pap Smears Is Just Plain Nuts

I’m sorry, but are our country’s medical agencies smoking something? Just a few days after new breast cancer screening guidelines recommended mammograms only for women 50 and older and declared self-breast exams moot, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is now telling women to delay getting their first pap smear until they are 21… More »


RIP: Jade Goody Dies At 27, Reminding Women Everywhere To Get Pap Smears

Jade Goody died this weekend after a brief battle with cervical cancer at the young age of 27. She is survived by her two young sons and her husband. Though she probably didn’t register on your pop culture radar (she was a fixture on British reality TV), her story should serve as a reminder for… More »


Terminal Cancer Isn’t Stopping Reality TV Star Jade Goody From Being Camera Shy

Reality TV star Jade Goody made headlines for her antics on “Big Brother” in the U.K. Instant notoriety came when she said, “I thought East Anglia was abroad.” But now she’s in the headlines for another, much more tragic reason. The 27-year-old has been fighting an uphill battle with cervical cancer since last August. Unfortunately,… More »


Gardasil Required For Young Female Immigrants

If you’re a female U.S. citizen between 11 and 26 years old, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that you get the Gardasil vaccine; however, if you are a female foreigner trying to become a permanent resident of the country, it’s not just recommended you get the vaccine, it’s required. This isn’t because… More »


FDA Guards Gardasil’s Market Share

So far in the states, Gardasil has been the only FDA approved vaccine for the double-whammy strain of HPV that causes cervical cancer. However, in Europe Cervarix has been kicking HPV’s butt and protecting women across the continent. While the drug has been in the FDA review process for foreva-eva, it looks like new data… More »


Gardasil Has Been Gettin’ Some Haters

The Human Papillomavirus, aka HPV, can cause cervical cancer and genital warts. And now it’s possible that the vaccine that guards against HPV, Gardasil, may cause death. Around the world, 11 girls, as young as the age of 11, have died after receiving the shots, and about another 1,700 have reported complications which include fainting… More »


The Nookie Know-It-All: His Cigs And Your Cervix

“Can a woman get cervical cancer if a smoker routinely goes down on her?” — Paranoid About My Puffer, Houston, TX

There hasn’t been any real medical research to support this claim, but you’re not totally crazy. If I had to take a guess, I’d say having a smoker go down on you is… More »


FDA Smackdown: Cervarix vs. Gardasil

The FDA is rushing to rubber stamp Gardasil, a cervical cancer vaccine, for women ages 27-45. Initially, the miracle HPV-preventer has been well received by its intended market — women and girls ages 9-26. Due to Gardasil’s success, amounting in $1.5 billion in sales last year, its makers, Merck & Co, are looking to expand… More »